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  • July 17 - New Markets Tax Credit Financing

    July 17 The federal new markets tax credit program provides up to 25% of any short-fall in financing (which generally must be at least $4 million) for (a) the purchase, expansion, and/or renovation of manufacturing facilities; (b) the purchase of equipment; and/or (c) other operational needs.  This subsidy is in the form of a 7-year forgivable which only requires approximately 1.5% interest-only payments during 7 years.  Facilities and operations must be located in a rural community or low-income census tract.
  • August 12 - Using Public Relations to Advance Public Policy

    August 12 Have you ever wondered what why certain pieces of legislation are passed and others are forgotten? What communication tools are best to effectively send your messages to the correct audience? Join us as TSG Consulting goes over how public relations interacts with public policy and the tools to use to get the results you desire.   Tom Susman has a decade of experience providing lobbying, public relations and strategic planning services to his clients. He is president of TSG Consulting, LLC. 
  • September 16 - WVMAEF Explore the New Manufacturing Program: Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Today

    The WVMA Educational Fund’s (WVMAEF) mission is  to link industry and education through its Explore the New Manufacturing Program which  consists of presentations, academies, and video contests.  The goal of these programs, targeting middle school students across West Virginia, is to create awareness and interest in manufacturing careers, as well as the subsequent educational and training pathways through manufacturer-student engagement. The WVMAEF is continually building networks and seeking collaborative opportunities with organizations to more effectively and efficiently create a workforce and provide avenues for our young folks to stay in their home state.
  • October 10 - Apprenticeships: A Customized Approach to Workforce Problems

    October 10 Apprenticeship Works at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) offers an affordable option for customizing apprenticeship programs in 20 occupations. This grant-supported initiative has partnered with 26 manufacturers, including 12 in West Virginia. These employers recognize the primary benefits to apprenticeship: improved recruitment, standardized training and reduced turnover. Learn how Apprenticeship Works can help your company develop an apprenticeship program targeting your specific needs.
  • November 6 - iOS in Business: Applications that Work for You

    Mobile applications and processes that support your business while giving you the freedom to make the entire world your office Jamie Summers-Brown is the founder and president of Bricks Without Straw, a web-development and design firm in South Charleston, W.Va. Since 2004, his company has served a diverse clientele with offices in both West Virginia and Tokyo, Japan.

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West Virginia Legislature Passes Tax Credit Increase
Wheeling Intelligencer

West Virginia Legislature Passes Tax Credit Increase ... the tax credit, and later attempted to include the same language in a tax reform bill considered ...

Index ranks WV 19th in tax competitiveness
Huntington Herald Dispatch

West Virginia has the 19th most competitive tax code in the nation, ... "Our Index shows how thoughtful reforms can improve taxes in a way that ...

Use Tax Relief to Create New Jobs in America
Wheeling Intelligencer

That's the message Marcellus Shale Region companies like Eagle Manufacturing have been trying to deliver to lawmakers for years. We've said over ...

Ohio ethane cracker main topic for Wheeling, WVU Economic Conference
The Review

John Deskins serves as director of the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Along with McKinley, he is among those ...

Altering Clean Power Plan may not reverse coal trend
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Coal industry groups and various West Virginia government officials have ... The Trump Administration's Environmental Protection Agency declared the ... rule exceeded federal law by setting emissions standards that power plants ...

Early childhood learning program adds three schools in W.Va. including Mylan Park near ...
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (blog)

ELKVIEW — Three more elementary schools in West Virginia are joining a program that ... The program is a cooperative effort of schools, the Education Alliance, the United Way and Toyoto Motor Manufacturing West Virginia.

US regulators OK Atlantic Coast, Mountain Valley pipelines
WDBJ7

"The approval of this project will breathe new life into West Virginia's natural gas industry and help revitalize manufacturing and other new industries ...

Are We Out of Ideas in W.Va.?
Wheeling Intelligencer
Lay aside the tax reform initiative Republican legislators mounted, ... Why not spend more on marketing West Virginia as a tourist destination?

The economic tests we face as a state
Beckley Register-Herald

The Department of Commerce, West Virginia University, and Marshall ... and implemented right-to-work, our policymakers have made it easier to ...

Ethane cracker topic for conference
Martins Ferry Times Leader

Hundreds or even thousands of “spin-off” jobs could also result from the ... John Deskins serves as director of the West Virginia University Bureau of ... Petrochemicals for Jobs Ohio; Joe Eddy, president of Eagle Manufacturing; Mike ...

Good news, bad news in West Virginia's business climate
The Exponent Telegram (press release)

... and implemented right-to-work, our policymakers have made it easier to recruit new companies to West Virginia and help our existing ones grow.

MCRA gets grant for Twisted Gun development
Williamson Daily News

For several years, I have urged EDA to renew its focus and invest in West Virginia," said Senator Capito. "Whether its manufacturing, entrepreneurship ...

W.Va. schools added to early childhood learning program
West Virginia MetroNews

The program is offered through the Education Alliance and United Way. Toyota Motor ManufacturingWest Virginia provides grant funding to schools.

Daily Mail editorial: Health of state depends on health of population
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Due to its rich natural resources, West Virginia was once a place that attracted manufacturers and energy companies who needed lots of laborers for ...

Armstrong Hardwood & Hardwood Plants Earn FloorScore Cert.
Floor Focus

All Armstrong wood manufacturing facilities including Beverly, West Virginia; Warren, Arkansas; and West Plains, Missouri are now FloorScore ...

Rep. Evan Jenkins: Tax reform that works for West Virginia (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

That's exactly why we need tax reform and why I'm working with President Donald Trump to make our tax system work for West Virginia's families.

RCBI training program for women is good for economy
The Exponent Telegram (press release)

The program, a partnership between West Virginia Women Work and RCBI's Apprenticeship Works, will start at the Bridgeport facility sometime in ...

Could Ohio and nearby states become petrochemical hub?
Record-Courier

... and reduce their transportation costs, if they could buy resins made in Ohio, Pennsylvania or West Virginia from Marcellus and Utica shale gas.

Manchin announces $8.3 million in grants; Marion, Randolph, Braxton & Mon counties on list
The Exponent Telegram (press release)

$2,500,000 — Randolph County Development Authority: To fund the 

Sen. Manchin's presence brings attention to WVUP job fair
Parkersburg News

Photo by Evan Bevins U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks at the Mid-Ohio Valley Job Fair his office co-sponsored Wednesday at West Virginia ...

Truck Maker Hino to Relocate Within West Virginia
Ward's Auto

Hino Motors Mfg. U.S.A. President Ono (left), West Virginia Commerce ... and create more good manufacturing jobs right here in West Virginia

Senator Shelley Moore Capito: WV small businesses deserve a fair tax system (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Hard-working West Virginians deserve a tax system that works for them. We now have an opportunity to deliver, and it's time we make tax reform a ...


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